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5 reasons Lions could contend for CFP in 2021

Tariq Castro-Fields and Jaquan Brisker

On the night Alabama beat Ohio State for the national title, let’s take a look at five reasons to be optimistic about Penn State’s chances of reaching the College Football Playoff next season.

Oh, and two big reasons why the Nittany Lions will have a very tough time earning their first CFP berth.

First, here’s a look at the odds for teams winning the national title next season, from SportsBetting.com. Penn State has the 11th best odds.

Alabama +300

Clemson +400

Georgia +500

Oklahoma +600

Ohio State +800

Iowa State +2000

Florida +2500

Notre Dame +3500

USC +4000

Wisconsin +4000

Penn State +4400

Over at BetOnline.ag, Penn State’s odds are +5000, and the Lions have the 16th best odd to win it all. Michigan also is at +5000.

5 reasons to be optimistic PSU can reach the CFP

1: Huge decisions by CB Tariq Castro-Fields and S Jaquan Brisker to return

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that Penn State’s defense could be in big trouble next year, potentially having to replace six starters. And if the defense struggles next year, there would be virtually no way the Lions could make the College Football Playoff.

At the time I wrote the piece above, both Castro-Fields and Brisker

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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